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Michigan School for the Blind / Administration Building

 
 
Michigan School for the Blind / Administration Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Rieske, May 17, 2017
1. Michigan School for the Blind / Administration Building Marker
Inscription.  
Michigan School for the Blind
Michigan began educating the blind in 1859 at Flint's Michigan Asylum. In 1879 the legislature established the Michigan School for the Blind, which opened here on September 29, 1880, with 35 students. The next year, five students were its first graduates. At first students learned by lecture / demonstrations, but in 1884-85 the school introduced braille reading and writing. The first deaf / blind student was enrolled in 1887. By the 1950s the school boasted its largest enrollment, three hundred children in kindergarten through grade twelve. Student activities have included music, drama and track. In 1961 and 1963 student wrestlers won class B state championships.

Administration Building
In 1880 the Michigan School for the Blind moved from Flint to this site, the former home of the Michigan Female College and the Institute for Oddfellows. This structure, then called Old Main, has served as the focal point of the 40-acre campus of the Michigan School for the Blind. The monumental, three-story Neo-Classical Revival-style building was designed by Edwyn A. Bowd (1865-1940) of Lansing.
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It originally housed the entire student body and school offices. Enlarged and remodeled several times, the E-shaped brick and limestone structure retains its architectural beauty.
 
Erected 1986. (Marker Number S0575.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
 
Location. 42° 44.923′ N, 84° 33.727′ W. Marker is in Lansing, Michigan, in Ingham County. Marker is on N. Pine Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 715 West Willow Avenue, Lansing MI 48906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pulver Brothers / The Filling Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. half a mile away); North Presbyterian Church (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named North Presbyterian Church (approx. half a mile away); Turner-Dodge House (approx. half a mile away); The Kaplan House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Woman's Christian Temperance Union Fountain (approx. 0.6 miles away); Michigan Education Association / Michigan Association of Counties (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
 
More about this marker. Marker is also transcribed
Michigan School for the Blind / Administration Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Rieske, circa May 16, 2017
2. Michigan School for the Blind / Administration Building Marker
in Braille.
 
Additional keywords. Abigail
 
Michigan School for the Blind / Administration Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Rieske, May 17, 2017
3. Michigan School for the Blind / Administration Building Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 18, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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